President Lazarus Chakwera today launched the 2022 Red Cross Flag Week with a call to Malawians to be kind especially to someone who would not expect them to be kind.
Speaking in Lilongwe, Chakwera said Malawians must not allow the challenges they face together or the afflictions they experience individually to rob them of their capacity for kindness to everyone around them.
“The wars that are being waged in different parts of the world are causing great suffering to people who need our kindness. The pandemic that has killed over six million people worldwide is causing great suffering to people who need our kindness. The tropical storms, floods, and droughts that are ravaging the world are causing great suffering to people who need our kindness.
“The unemployment that is depriving people of incomes and livelihoods as a result of industries closing in the wake of the pandemic is causing great suffering to people who need our kindness,” Chakwera said.
The Malawi leader, who is also a Malawi Red Cross patron, has since donated K2 million towards Flag Week.
The launch of the Red Cross Flag Week coincided with the celebrations marking the
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an annual commemoration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
World Red Cross Red Crescent Day is celebrated on May 8 each year which is the anniversary of the birth of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) founder Jean-Henry Dunant, who was born on May 8 1828.
Malawi Red Cross President Innocent Majiya said the organisation is targeting to raise K80 million during the flag week.
Majiya hailed Chakwera for leading Malawians in showing kindness during the week.